Molly Peterson Environment Correspondent

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Molly Peterson is an award-winning environment correspondent at Southern California Public Radio.

Molly has reported, edited, directed programs, and produced stories for NPR and NPR shows including "Day to Day" and KQED's "California Report." She was a contributing producer for Nick Spitzer's weekly music program, "American Routes," and reported for "Living on Earth" in the Gulf of Mexico after Hurricanes Katrina & Rita. Prior to joining KPCC, she produced a nationally-distributed radio documentary about New Orleans called "Finding Solid Ground."

A former LA Press Club radio journalist of the year, Molly reported on the faulty pumps installed at New Orleans canals after Hurricane Katrina. That project was a finalist for an Investigative Reporters and Editors award.

Molly worked for NPR American legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg during the Clinton Impeachment.

She studied international politics at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service, and graduated from UC Hastings College of the Law. She is an inactive member of the State Bar of California.

Molly was lucky enough to grow up climbing northern California trees and fishing eastern Sierra waters.

Stories by Molly Peterson

Brown Pelicans are starving along the Coast. Is that bad?

Something bird advocates agree on is that people who spot baby Brown Pelicans struggling, stranded, or hungry sound call their local wildlife rescue or Animal Control office.

Carson Carousel residents want contamination efforts sped up

People who live in the city of Carson’s Carousel neighborhood flooded a meeting of regional water quality control regulators to complain about contamination cleanup efforts under their houses.

EPA gets money for two Torrance Superfund sites

Plumes of pollution from Montrose and Del Amo Superfund sites have commingled underground; now the EPA will build one joint treatment system.

Enviro groups sue over Chukchi & Beaufort oil response plans

In March Shell sought relief from environmental lawsuits that didn't yet exist about Arctic Circle drilling. Now complaints do exist against the federal government.

LA River kayak tour program to expand this summer

My buddy Zack Behrens over at KCET reports that the LA River will this summer accommodate nine times as many kayaking tours as last year. From KCET's Confluences blog:

Ed Begley Jr. hates vampires, or at least, vampire power

In a new video Ed Begley Jr. explains "vampire power" -- energy sucked up by consumer electronics, televisions, and computers that rely on standby mode.

West-wide energy corridors possibly getting a redo

Federal land managers may have to re-map controversial energy corridors throughout the West under a proposed compromise that would settle a legal dispute.

Honda's new all-electric Fit only available via lease

The Japanese automaker has announced it will offer a lease for the all-electric version of its popular five-passenger Fit starting later this month.

Free Fishing Day is here, but restrictions still apply

California Fish and Game officials suspend requirements for fishermen to have licenses on two days a year. Saturday is 2012’s first Free Fishing Day.

Federal scientists: No recovery for white abalone

"We are at a point where a successful breeding program is critical to the survival of the species," says Melissa Neuman, NOAA’s recovery coordinator for white abalone.

CIty of Los Angeles vows support for Clean Air Act

The Los Angeles City Council has passed a resolution affirming LA's commitment to the Clean Air Act.

Answers about the Malibu Lagoon direct from state agencies

A Malibu resident puts questions to state agencies about hot topics around lagoon restoration, many of which come from the project's opponents.

Beach report: California again among worst pollution offenders

California ranks 21st out of 30 states for beach water quality, and stormwater and sewage are to blame. SoCal counties continue making changes to alleviate hazards.

Getting the lead out of California Condors: A word from one of KPCC's own hunters

Thirty percent of all condors' blood samples each year revealed lead exposure that could cause reproductive and immune system problems.

Coastal commission stands behind Malibu Lagoon restoration

It's clear that opponents to the project perceive what's happening as an irredeemable destruction. It's also clear that the SMBRC and the Coastal Commission don't agree.